The Power Of Patient Leadership.
Leadership is fraught with challenges that could result in delays, difficulties, disappointments and sometimes frustrations. People hate waiting or delays. If you doubt, go to any eatery and observe customers for thirty minutes and see how they react if service is delayed. There seems to be a timer in the inside of everyone which controls how long each person wait for anything. This timer is programmed differently. For some individuals, they could withstand delays when jobs are not coming, promotion is slow, profits are slashed, businesses are not growing or when making babies come late. For others, they go berserk, become gloomy and extremely sensitive.
These events because they were not planned for, it provokes anger, frustration and test the will power of the leader. A leader is known by their action orientation. They always want to be doing something. No leader ever wants to be stopped from carrying out their visions. In leadership, the most difficult time is when you remain standstill because you are being stopped due to resistance from an enemy, paper works due to regulatory demand or systemic failures. All these incidents create pressure in the minds of the leader, and these pushes them to act in particular ways.
Are you facing any pressure right now? Are you under compulsion to act but you cannot because there seems to be a blockade that you must clear before your actions can yield the desired result? Do you feel extremely pressured to a point of weakness and you want to do things you own way instead of following acceptable norms.
Delays are crazy experiences. They build pressure in our hearts and make us look like we are empty of ideas. Going through a delay due to blockade is not because of indecision or procrastination. It is because things cannot be done because the where withal to get it done are held up in some place which you may be battling with. In some cases, the cause of the delay is beyond the leader and they cannot do nothing except waiting till the challenge clears.
The leader’s reaction in the face of these unwanted, unplanned and prolonged encounter with difficulties and the ability of the leader to tolerate them, remain calm, focused and undeterred about their vision and destination is what is called patient leadership. Delays by their nature are not permanent. Nothing cures the challenge of delay like patience and perseverance. Delays are like clouds that come with adverse weathers. They soon get cleared away when people wait confidently and patiently for a new dawn. Patient leadership employs and uses resilience to win the war that delay brings to leaders.Join Our Social Media Community